Milazzo, former school facilities director, will check town's gas pumps, scales

Milazzo, former school facilities director, will check town's gas pumps, scales

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Armand Milazzo, the former director of school facilities who lost his job this year as part of a consolidation with the town, will be rehired as the town's sealer of weights and measures.

The sealer is responsible for ensuring that all gas pumps and scales in town are properly calibrated and that residents are being charged the right amount for everything from car fuel to bananas.

The North Providence Town Council appointed Milazzo to the part-time position last Tuesday. President Kristen Catanzaro said Milazzo expressed his interest in the job after former longtime sealer Anthony Mariorenzi retired in July.

Catanzaro said the position was not advertised as being open, and she did not consider advertising it after hearing from Milazzo that he wanted the job. The only requirement for the position is that Milazzo now be sent for training on how to be a sealer of weights and measures with the Department of Labor and Training, she said.

All the council does is "submit the name" to the state officials, said Catanzaro, and she had no concerns about doing so with Milazzo without finding out if others in town were interested in it first.

Milazzo could not be reached for comment on the appointment.

The standard procedure for council appointments to boards and commissions is for someone on the council to make a recommendation, said Catanzaro, and everyone else then goes along with it unless they have a serious concern.

Catanzaro said she did wish that council members "had submitted names" for the position, but the council had an obligation to move quickly on hiring someone to replace Mariorenzi so the job of keeping up with pumps and scales wouldn't fall too far behind.

The Breeze reported last month that Milazzo would get a $41,000 severance package after losing his job with the North Providence School Department after 14 years there.

Now that the former facilities director is no longer employed with the schools, said Catanzaro, he should have more than enough time to fulfill the requirements of the sealer position.

Councilor Manny Giusti, who often differs from Catanzaro on key votes, said he agreed with her naming of Milazzo because there was no reason not to. There are typically "so many openings" on the town's boards and commissions that they're hard to fill, he said.

According to Giusti, Milazzo will be paid $6 for each scale that he inspects in town and another $6 for each gas pump. The sealer is paid directly by the store owner, he said. It was not immediately clear how much that will add up to for a year.

Mayor Charles Lombardi, a critic of Milazzo's when he worked for the School Department, declined to say much about the appointment of Milazzo, but he did question the decision. Though he disagreed with their choice, said Lombardi, the appointment was "the council's call."

A representative for the Department of Labor and Training said Monday that Milazzo will be required to take 30 hours of job training on gas pumps and another 10 hours on scales before being allowed to start work in North Providence. He must also pass an exam.

Comments

So, we won't advertise that a municipal position is available. We'll simply hand the position to a former life long town employee, because he wants the position. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is how things are done in this town. Always has been this way, and always will be this way. How embarrassing. God I can't wait to get out of here.

While I have no problem with this appointment, I believe that in the future all vacancies on any Board or Commission in Town be advertised. I'm sure there are many residents that would be interested.

To our town counsel,unless you consider yourselves the personal department you have a requirement to advertise any position before filling it to get the best possible and trustworthy person for that job. If you do not agree then as a tax payer I want to know I am getting the best value for my hard earned money that goes to taxes in this town. Who are you working for, yourselves or the tax payers?